Professional and personal affiliations (Professional Affiliations) can offer the prospective employer insight into important personal characteristics, such as dedication to your profession or a strong desire to learn and develop professionally. Involvement in a professional organization indicates that you are up-to-date with current industry trends.
Additionally, participation in industry and trade associations can offer you the opportunity to gain a variety of skills, such as team-building, leadership, problem solving, and management that potential employers find valuable.
Include all professional affiliations related to your job target and personal affiliations that demonstrate characteristics important to the job you are applying for.
Insider Tip: When listing affiliations, use the organization’s full name followed by the appropriate acronym in parentheses:
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
This helps maximize your search results based the appropriate keywords managers use to locate qualified candidates when publishing your resume on the Internet or forwarding electronically to hiring managers.
Determining What Information to Include
If you have a list of Affiliations within your career field, you can consider listing only the names of the organizations.
However, you may also consider listing the months and years of your membership, the name of the association, your title within the organization, and its location. You may want to include any additional information that will add to your qualifications.
- If you held a leadership position within the organization, list your title and briefly summarize your duties.
- You might also consider listing any important committees on which you served.
- List any honors or awards you’ve received within the organization.
- If you belong to an organization that may be unfamiliar to a prospective employer, describe the nature of the organization including its charter and any community related service it provides.